Trophy Life by Lea Geller (review)

There’s that common quote that people like to say that money can’t buy happiness – but I mean, who here wouldn’t be happier if they had a million dollars to buy every book they wanted? I mean, I’d be happier with a new car, a few new wardrobe staples, or a bathroom updated to lose the ugly pink 1950’s tile…

But of course – money can also be the root of all evil – fostering greed, and indulgence, and sometimes money can be the reason your husband just leaves you high and dry one day.

Such is the case with Agnes. She came from nothing – so she’s not much of Trophy Wife, but she sure is living the Trophy LIFE with her rich and handsome adoring husband Jack. She wants for nothing, spending her days lazily visiting with friends of equal status, comparing yoga pants, and drinking smoothies and watching their nannies mind after their children.

But when Jack suddenly disappears one day, Agnes is forced to return to a life of no money, no childcare and no where to live. She moves from sunny CA all the way across the country to the Bronx to start a new life, on her own, teaching troubled privileged boys at a boarding school. And reality sets in. She must learn to be her own woman, and may finally discover the woman she’s meant to be and create her own path to happiness.

I loved the turn this took, suddenly and abruptly and the way Agnes was forced to buck up and put her big girl panties on (quite literally! Fancy expensive things be damned!) and stand on her own two feet. I rooted for her to find her own path and screamed at her to get her damn sh*t together! No-one needs a man to make it in life – and she certainly has come from a place where hard work and second chances are the only way she’s going to survive. She just needs to get back to who she really is deep down, and realize that the trophy life woman she used to be isn’t going to help her get anywhere,

It’s hard to review this one without giving away too much – where did Jack go? Did he disappear because he had to? Is he desperately trying to find his way back to Agnes? Will she ever see him again? But all will be explained and it’s a terribly fun ride and journey getting there – and I really enjoyed it.

Thank you to Suzy Approved Book Tours, Lea Geller and Lake Union Publishing for sending me this book to read and review!

You can get a copy here:

  • Paperback: 363 pages
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (April 9, 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1503904202
  • ISBN-13: 978-1503904200

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About the book:

For the last ten years, Agnes Parsons’s biggest challenge has been juggling yoga classes and lunch dates. Her Santa Monica house staff takes care of everything, leaving Agnes to focus on her trophy-wife responsibilities: look perfect, adore her older husband, and wear terribly expensive (if uncomfortable) underwear.

When her husband disappears, leaving Agnes and their infant daughter with no money, no home, and no staff, she is forced to move across the country, where she lands a job teaching at an all-boys boarding school in the Bronx. So long, organic quinoa bowls and sunshine-filled California life. Hello, processed food, pest-infested house, and twelve-year-old-boy humor—all day, every day.

But it’s in this place of second chances (and giant bugs), where Agnes is unexpectedly forced to take care of herself and her daughter, where she finds out the kind of woman she can be. Ultimately, she has to decide if she prefers the woman and mother she has become…or the trophy life she left behind.

Authentic and sharply witty, Trophy Life is proof that granny panties and mom coats might not be the answer to everything; they’re simply comfortable (if slightly unattractive) reminders of what happens when one life ends…and real life begins.



About the author:

B1d9lDrtQBS._SY200_Lea Geller is a recovering lawyer who lives in New York with her husband and children. She began her writing career by blogging about her adventures in the trenches of parenting, and got the idea for Trophy Life when her two sons were in middle school.

When Lea’s not eavesdropping on her children, she can be found running, drinking diner coffee, and occasionally teaching middle-school English. She enjoys embarrassing her family by posting pictures of her vegetable garden on Instagram (#IgrewDinner). You can follow her at







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